We made a list of foods we had to try, which we compiled after some internet research. The list included turkey legs and giant pickles - both were consumed and enjoyed - but the one I was most excited about was the Dole Whip Floats. I'm a huge fan of pineapple (I love most tropical and summery fruits: coconut, mango, guava, passionfruit, etc.) and it was a warm day so a frozen treat was definitely in order. We all opted for the floats (instead of the plain Dole Whip) because we were looking for something to simultaneously cool us down and quench our thirsts and it was awesome.
Since I have no immediate plans to visit any of the Disney parks (though if I did, I'd want to go to Euro Disney and also eat my way through France again), I opted to try my hand at making a batch of Dole Whip Floats at home. Because it's been four years since I had the real thing, I honestly have no idea if these come close. What I do know is that this homemade version is still friggin' delicious.
20 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice (not in heavy syrup)
1 teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon lemon zest
juice of 1 lime
½ cup sugar
1½ cups heavy cream
46 oz. can pineapple juice
+ pineapple or coconut rum (for a grownup option)
So the thing is, Dole Whip is made in a soft serve ice cream machine, which means that it can be dairy-free and completely vegan and still come out deliciously velvety and smooth. Now, I don't know about you but I do not have a soft serve ice cream machine at home. So, I had to try and come up with a way to get a similarly creamy and soft texture and I would say I succeeded (albeit my version is not dairy-free and therefore not vegan). The only caveat is that this is a treat that must be enjoyed on the same day that it's made, but it's not a big deal because it's so good, it shouldn't last that long anyway.
To mimic the swirl of a soft serve machine, put the Dole whip into plastic baggie or piping bag. If it's a particularly warm day, you might need to pop it into the freezer for a little to set it up some more.
Swirl the Dole whip on top of the juice. It helps if you make a "base" but swirling around the outside of the glass.